Effective Leadership Essay

2748 Words Nov 16th, 2013 11 Pages
Effective Leaders

Abstract

Leadership is the process of using power and influence to navigate followers to achieve a specific goal. The purpose of this paper is to explain that effective leaders must hone specific traits that are indispensable for managing organizations successfully. This paper explores the techniques, approaches, and practices that make leaders powerful, influential and efficient. Additionally, to help define effective leadership, a case study is analyzed based on personal experience of cooperating with a district supervisor who employs effective leadership strategies. While analyzing the leader’s behavioral patterns and implemented strategies, it
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A good leader must also foster an organizational environment, in which people react to unpleasant policies by taking positive actions; rather than passively complaining about them. The administrator ought to allow for changes to take place by facilitating those changes instead of merely enforcing the status quo. Furthermore, such a person must defend the institution effectively even in the wake of strong criticisms from various angles (Pulakos, Arad, Donovan & Plamondon 2000). Therefore, mangers must learn to utilize several types of acquired powers to properly influence followers.
Administrators in an organization acquire such power from sources of formal authority defined by organizational and personal power. Within organizational power there are three components: legitimate, reward and coercive power. Personal power has two factors: expert and reference. Legitimate power is derived from a position of authority inside the organization and generally it allows supervisors to ask employees to do a task within the scope of their jobs. For example, staying late to finishing a project or coming in early. Reward power is intertwined to legitimate power, because it gives the ability to have control over desired resources of employees, such as pay raises, performance appraisals and control of

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